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Hi,

I got a pocket watch from my father for my 30th birthday yesterday. He only knew it is very old and has been with the family for long time.
the things i found out so far is that it is 18k(the colour was hard to get a good picture of) and that it seems to be frech since it says 8 rubies in french.

Is there anything you can tell me about it. perhaps a make and a year or some link were I can read moore about it?
 

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Most of the useful information will come from the movement. See if you can open the cover and post more photos.
 

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That movement is what is commonly called a Lepine IV style calibre. It could be french or swiss and was made between ca. 1835 and 1850. The french writing is of no importance - the swiss watch hindustry is predominantly located in the western part of Switzerland, close to the french border, and they often sign their movements in the french style "Genève" instead of "Genf", "Chronometre" instead of "Chronometer", etc.).

The movement has a cylindre escapement and eight jewels to minimise friction. Ten is the practical maximum for a cylindre escapement watch (twelve, if the centre gear is also jewelled, but this is never done on watches of that grade - and frequently omitted even on older lever escapement watches) but they sometimes go down to four. Eight is still OK.

Mikrolisk - The horological trade mark index

Hartmut Richter
 
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